Former Love Island star Mike Thalassitis dies aged 26

Mike's body was discovered earlier today

Mike's body was discovered earlier today

He starred on season three of the ITV show in the summer of 2017 after enjoying a six year career as a footballer. "My thoughts go out to all of Mikes friends and family".

Steven Watt, who was Mike's manager when he played for Margate, tweeted "Absolutely gutted, RIP mate".

Mike Thalassitis, star of the United Kingdom version of Love Island, has been found dead at the age of 26, according to a statement released overnight by his management. My heart and soul and love goes out to his friends & family. "A good guy, taken far, far too soon".

He dated The Only Way Is Essex star Megan McKenna before splitting up past year, and had appeared on the series Celebs Go Dating in 2018.

Fellow Love Island star Ellie O'Donnell took to Twitter to say she was heartbroken, first writing "This isn't real...this is a nightmare and I need to wake up". I won't forget that.it's so sad.you will be missed.

Amber Davies also said: "I am in utter shock".

Fenton tweeted: "I'm lost for words".

"Devastated is not the word, my love goes out to all of Mike Thalassitis family". This is horrendous. I'm in shock. "Will never be forgotten", Love Island's Kady McDermott tweeted.

"In absolute shock. Mike Thalassitis your lovely self and smile will be truly missed". I send my love and condolences to all of his friends and family at this terrible time.

The statement read: "As you have all heard of the sudden passing of Danny Cutts, his close group of friends have decided on starting a go fund me page to help take the added stress of having to pay for the return of his body and funeral expenses off of his family".

The original British version of ITV's Love Island launched in 2005, and was revived in 2015.

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